Why I say I’m a Trinity Pentecostal Christian Believer?MEO L.A.M. Norman Oetker Missionary “The Light Amidst the Mong/MEO” Hmong Thailand, Reynosa Mexico, English Class, St. Charles Missouri US.
Trinity Pentecostal Believer MEO L.A.M. Norman Oetker Missionary "The Light Amidst the Mong/MEO" Hmong Thailand, Reynosa Mexico, English Class, St. Charles Missouri US.
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The early believers in Christ, the believers in the Apostles, the believers in the Evangelists, and their subsequent writings, were first named “Christian,’ in a certain place and time, as the New Covenant/Testament records, Acts 11:26.
The name Christian, from the Online Bible definition below states.
…The name given by the Greeks or Romans, probably in reproach, to the followers of Jesus. It was first used at Antioch. The names by which the disciples were known among themselves were "brethren," "the faithful," "elect," "saints," "believers." But as distinguishing them from the multitude without, the name "Christian" came into use, and was universally accepted. This name occurs but three times in the New Testament #Acts 11:26 26:28, 1Peter 4:16…
One of the many comments and inquiries, that people reflect on today, is, what is a Christian? how does one become one? and therefore, thereafter, how should one believe, and, or, interpret the New Covenant/Testament writings?
A sea of words have been written on this very subject, yet, it is quite easy, comparatively speaking, that is, to understand the “process.” The process of becoming a “Christian.”
As a Christian missionary, a tool,- in the sharing of Christ,- is the “speaking English class’s, used in Asia, and now, here in Reynosa Mexico.
I tell the students repeatedly, to not think in class. Just repeat things, that I put before them, of course, they are taken back, by that statement at first. And it’s repeated often. Yet, basic pronunciation techniques are learned, with the basics in positioning, for the: bilabial, labiodental, dental, alveolar, and velar sound productions. All vowel (basic six phonemes only, for entry level), along with all English diphthongs and glides.(mastering, the diphthongs positions, is the actual key for speaking quality English.) these sounds, are normally, spoken with ease, at the end of ten hours of class time, with two, one and half hour days, spread over a four week to five week period.
All consonants, along with all diphthong, and glides, and pronouns, with tenses, and especially the nouns: want, and need, the verbs, and grammar are taught, with no books used, no memorization, no notes, just speaking English.
The obvious point to them, is that I’m trying to create, within them, a relax atmosphere. Yet, unknown to the student, a much deeper process is being renewed, and it’s this process, proceeding, unnoticed, undetectable to the student, that is in the end, a measurable, demonstrative quantity.
In this case, resulting in a spoken lingua. English.
Yet, this- a spoken lingua- is but, a very small part, of the whole, that is available- in the learning acquisition- and, as a result, this un-tapped potential, for the most part, is unused, or under developed, thus, this creative ability, within a human host, is neglected, which I suspect reaches, to areas of an inward natural learning acquisition, howbeit, yet under developed, and not fully understood.
Yet, I have found this learning method to be true, within all, though.
All that is named above, is endowed within all humans naturally. Furthermore, there is very little learning actually happening in the class. This process is natural to all students, and through theses class’s, what has happened, through the years, doing this, as a missionary, is the tapping into this natural occurring phenomenon in learning.
Their skill-confidence is gradually improved, and, instead of being despondent, about their mistakes in language speaking. Their now, developed correct base, for the sound production, helps in their pronunciation ability,which now gives them the necessary tools, for self correction.
In the exploration of their new dimension, within the English language. This enabling factor helps them, to detect, and self correct, to in fact, continuing to teach themselves the spoken English language.
A note though, as with all, it seems there is a longing, along with a much stronger desire, to learn something new, “a new experience.” Yet, it remains, it’s always the basics first.
This very natural classroom setting evolution, is quite amazing to me. As I see the student,- upon being set-up to answer continual questions. How they respond in immediate English. I have to tell you, it just takes my breath away at times, to see their achievement, to their very natural responses, in their now second language.
Then they, the student, will catch themselves, and you can see the pure pleasure, on their beaming faces, as it sinks in, that they, have in fact, given a spontaneous response in English. Sometimes, I just continue with more of the same, for I want them, to trust, in what they now can do.
I have given this example, as a means of explanation, to a very natural, inward process, of one becoming a “Christian.”
God has placed, within all of His creation, the desire to seek Him, God.
Amos 5:6 Seek the LORD, and ye shall live;…
Ezekiel 34:11 For thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out.
Ezekiel 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
2 Corinthians 5:17 if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
It seems, that man in his quest for knowledge and understanding about God, simply be-fuddles, the simplest of understandings about God. The God, that has created all.
It’s quite reasonable, for man to have realized, that he isn’t capable of understanding the things about his creator.
To understand,- that he can’t understand God,- all one needs to do is to look at all: the planet, sky, and stars, that are before him, in all, and in any directions! and then to himself, and to all others. God has created all!
How is it that one man, could or can, communicate with this all omnipotent, omniscience Being? The truth is? that man can’t!
For one, to begin to understand God, Jesus, and the Bible, a “process,” first begins to happen to a person, there is this drawing, by the Almighty, which is to all!
This is “God’s, Great Love Demonstrated, By His Benevolent Gift To Man, That Gift Being Himself, Through The Triune Godhead, Which Is Revealed,
The Christ, “Jesus!” The Second Person Of The Trinity.”
John 6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him:…
This drawing process, of the Father is to all, for all to come and to believe upon His Son “Jesus.”
God’s Salvation is given unequivocally, it’s given to all.
To to a few, or to the “elect only,” as some erroneous Christian denominations teach today, is a false ideal, a false statement.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believe in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
Christ died for all sinful mankind.
This drawing, this coming to the beginning of this realization, that God is in fact, trying to communicate with His creation. The key part in this element, of this drawing process, is called “Grace.”
In looking around now, in the world of 2009, there are many, many who aren’t Christians.
Yet, just as we were able to begin to understand the Triune Godhead, in the first century, by the appearance Of Jesus in history, for He said, He was God, And then furthermore, Christ tells us, that the Holy Spirit, was to come to the earth, after His Ascension to Heaven to sit at the Right Hand Of The Father.
We, as a people, did’t understand the Trinity, for this word isn’t in the Bible, yet, we now, accept the fact, that it is so.,
Such is the on-going revelation of another word, it’s called “Grace.” Grace is the love, mercy, compassion for His creation, man. For Man, in his total depraved state of sin, in that depraved state, we can clearly see and realize God’s Grace, Love and Forgiveness, for in that depraved state God’s Grace abounds, seeking those that will worship him in Spirit and truth.
|John 4:23||But the time is coming and is already here when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for anyone who will worship him that way.|
This Grace came upon me in my life.
1. As with the example above, there was no thinking on my part, it just began, at a certain time and place.
I didn’t say OK, or pause in my life, and decide these spiritual things, nor did I say, I’m ready to become a Christian.
God was bringing me into His classroom, totally unbeknown to me, through life’s circumstances.
2. It was easy for me, I was just living life at that time, yet, without any recognition on my part. Divine Grace was there, all around my life. This Grace, was inwardly working on my depraved sinful state.
3. As I was at this beginning stage, in this case, my case, I was reading a a small book named, “The Art Of Understanding Oneself,” by Cecil Osborne. This author was explaining this “process,” of one becoming a Christian. Surely, I thought, one has to do something worthy to be a Christian. This, that I was reading, was in my opinion, a “miracle,” if it happened, to those that I was reading about. I vaguely remembered thinking to myself, what a great honor, to be, an actual Christian.
Yet, this couldn’t actually happen to me, for I knew, that I was’t worthy, to be in this love of Christ, to be virtually accepted as is, for me, it couldn’t be. In my depraved state of mind, I rejected and rejected this, totally.
To be a good, moral person, was all that was necessary, I thought and reasoned. Yet, as the days passed, and I continued, to look into this book, again, inwardly, there was a stirring happening, this was non other than that “Divine Grace" working on my stoning heart. An inward process, unnoticed, and undetectable, by me.
4. Then, within a short amount of time, an awareness began stirring within me, my mind was realizing, for a fact, that I, Norman Oetker, then 28 years old, was, in fact, separated from my my heavenly Father, God, that was in heaven. I was so sorry, sorry for my sins, and upon asking God, to forgive me, that indeed, for a fact, I was truly sorry, and please forgive me…
It was at that very instance, upon those repentant words leaving my mouth, not only my mouth, but, they were words from my mind, and from my contrite heart.
In a twinkling of an eye, the Lord swept into my being. It was as though, there were two Norman’s there, one old and this brand new one smiling from ear to ear.
Distinct in my mind forever, was the Presence of the Lord’s Spirit. His Love was overwhelming, His acceptance was un-conditional, I was simply, and happily, smothered, in the Lord’s presence.
I had never read the Bible.
I was now a born again Christian, a follower of Christ, oh! how I felt the love from Him, for it, His love, has never stopped for me. His Love, for me was what He shares with all of the millions, that have put their total trust! in Him as their Lord.
Upon reading the Christian Bible, this baptism of the Spirit that Jesus talked about, began becoming as real as well as all of the others actions described in the letters to the Corinthians.
John 1:29 ¶ The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
30 This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.
31 And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.
32 And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.
33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him,
the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.
Acts 19:1 ¶ And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,
2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.
3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism.
4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.
5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.
The Day I Publicly Accepted Christ As My Savior, And Was Water Baptized, And Then, Later That Evening I was Given The Gift Of Speaking In Tongues, That Is, In Speaking In An Unknown Language.
I repented, accepted Jesus into my heart and life, as my personal Lord and Savor. Then, I was watered baptized, in water by immersion, the standard Christian method, by the local pastor, as I was being immersed, he, the pastor, proclaimed to God the Father,- in obedience to the method prescribed by Him, the Father, through His Son, Jesus, when Jesus told His followers to go forth and to baptize- in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
My water baptism was symbolic of my submission to the words of Christ, within the Christian Bible. Furthermore, it was symbolic of the death to my old sin nature, and, with the coming up out of the waters, once again, a symbolic submission to the words of Christ, of being born again, by the Holy Spirit of God, through God’s eternal Grace and favor, that’s bestow on all, within our planet.
That night, on coming up out of Baptism’s grave, I was spiritually and supernaturally changed, by God the Father, through the Holy Spirit’s power. As Christ fatherhood was not through a human man, Christ’s human God-life was created and started by the Holy Spirit, coming upon Mary, the Mother of Jesus.
Likewise, such as I was inseminated by the creative power of the Holy Spirit, which created with and within my own spirit, in the making of a new spirit, of being born again, of being spiritually grafted in, to the Vine, and Christ being the Vine.
That which subsequently came forth, –was what the Bible declares to all, that will repent, turn from all that detracts one from their submission to the Lord Jesus,as their own personal Lord and Saviour, and to put their trust in the Lord, Jesus, those that believe in, and on Him, this Christ, for the personal forgiveness of their sin’s.
And in doing so, gain the keys to their eternally secured future heavenly home.
As one continues in their on-going life’s acceptance and submission to God’s Holy Christian Bible.
The only true and inspired word for man from God. Man’s only salvation is through the Christ, which was, and is continually our hope and only salvation, as He, Jesus, now in His ascended state is sitting at the right hand of God the Father, who is continually interceding to Him, to the Father, on our behalf.
Glory to Jesus! the Son of God. My Saviour.
Later that evening, the church leaders, at this inter denominational church, prayed for me to receive the Heavenly Gift of speaking in another language. Yet, I had heard of this other heavenly Gift from God, I was excited, that I was being prayed for, to receive this heavenly gift.
It’s obvious that there is nothing, that could be of any greater, or more fulfilling as a heavenly Gift nor Greater, than that of "Salvation."
The gift of Salvation was given to me, that which was born on Calvary’s tree, was personalized for me this night, some 2000 plus years later, after Christ’s Ascension to heaven, that was the enabling factor for me. I could receive Christ’s actual Atonement, into my own actual life, by faith in my Lord Jesus.
There can be no greater gift from God the Father, than His Plan Of Atonement For all of Mankind! this Gift from God, to receive this other empowering Gift, after I was a saved, after I had accepted the Lord as my personal Lord and Savior.
Was simply another awesome experience for me that night, I had went up to the altar to pray, this altar was a half circle, with four or five steps up to the platform area, it was on these steps that I found myself, it was there, very softly I could hear those praying in other tongues, in another language very, very softly they prayed, and yet, it was as though it was being sung, a holy soft chant, in a loving reverential way, it was astounding to me, it was as though I was part of a chorus of heavenly worshiper’s calling to the Lord in perfect harmony, perfect exultation, perfect adoring praise.
Missionary Norman Oetker for Jesus… to continue to go forth in His Name, bringing Salvation’s message to the Lost of this world. To go any and everywhere, as my Lord so shall direct, He is my God, and I, Norman Oetker, will stand before the congregation and praise His Name for He, and "He" alone, is worthy to be Praised.
I’ve decided to post, from the Assemblies of God, their positional papers on the Baptism of the Holy Ghost, so please look in the column to the left of articles written on my spaces.com page.
Why I say I’m a Trinity Pentecostal Christian Believer? MEO L.A.M. Norman Oetker Missionary "The Light Amidst the Mong/MEO" Hmong Thailand, Reynosa Mexico, English Class, St. Charles Missouri US.